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Sons of the Soil

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Macedonia, 1902. The German war machine and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire loom over Europe as the Great Powers jostle for supremacy in the Balkans.

Jon Ahmeti, a young Albanian man living in Macedonia, is drawn into a web of Great Power conspiracy with Macedonian separatists, Greek rebels, and Bulgarian nationalists that challenges his notions of ethnic identity and t
Kindle Edition, 447 pages
Published February 13th 2019 by Dines Brothers Publishing Company
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Linda Asani Arslan
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The history of the Balkans has always been intriguing, complex and most definitely painfull and still interesting. This historical piece of fiction gives you a realistic sense of the imagery, characterization, human relations, loss, pain, hatred and love, relatable to even today’s present.
A captivating story hard to put down!

I highly recommend it!
Please Pass the Books
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sons of the Soil by Lucas Dines is a sweeping historical fiction novel taking place on the cusp of two of the world's most defining moments, the onset of WWI and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. Macedonia in the earliest years of the twentieth century sets the stage for a multiple point of view story about a man, Jon Ahmeti, who will do anything to save his family—and at the behest of MacGregor, a British spy, there is little that isn't required of him as he becomes witness to (and a victi ...more
Donika Kamberi
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it has changed my way of thinking in particular historical issues. While I definitely recommend this book to all readers, I would recommend it to people who have studied or currently studying history, political science and international relations mainly because after reading it, they will definitely have a better understanding of historical moves and they will have a different approach of analyzing relations with power.
Each chapter is filled with a great description of moments
Justin Otten
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dines has written an engaging work of historical fiction based on the largely real characters and events of early 20th century Macedonia. At the time Macedonia was the last bastion of “Turkey in Europe”—the remaining portion of the Ottoman Empire’s foothold on the European continent. Neighboring nations had fought for and gotten their independence in the 19th century, but Macedonia was less a nation than an incredibly diverse historical region comprised of Christians, Muslims, and Jews. The latt ...more
Paul Boland
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A very satisfying read. Right from the very beginning scene, this new author sets the story of espionage, mystery, and conspiracy in motion. This international thriller based in a part of the world rife with secrecy and conflict has the reader frantically turning pages. As the plot thickens with each character/perspective revealing something new, one can’t help but see a Hollywood blockbuster in the making. Dines weaves vivid description with a fast-paced plot to keep his audience at the edge of ...more
Fitore Bajrami Abdi
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At moments, when you believe the whole history belongs to the past, the author brings this novel. A fantastic narration, described in detail. What makes you impatiently read are the characters' stories, meticulously described. An important moment the author's priceless sense of describing emotions to such a level that you can feel their essence while reading and makes you reflect so deeply and find their source. Revenge, hate, but above all love and kindness are the ones which follow you in each ...more
Mark Blazevski
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
No matter how the story goes, you should be sued for usurping the Macedonian flag with the book cover.. Albanians have always hated Macedonia & Macedonians and they always had the wish for a big "great Albania" that's supposed to occupy more than half of Macedonia and half of all the other countries surrounding it.. There were around 30 000 Albanians before 1998 and they where peaceful people, the rest 140000 came as refugees from Kosovo that Albania didn't wanted to take in but used them as dog ...more
Matt D.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book draws you in with the variety of characters and compelling points-of-view. The characters accurately reflect the philosophies and ideals of the many political perspectives that are at play. The reader is transported into the lives of the people from the time period and begins to relate with each ideology. It's impossible to not be drawn into the competing perspectives. More than an engaging story, the reader will absolutely learn more about this often misunderstood region. Well written ...more
Tatiana Heckles
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot, mostly non-fiction. This book was recommended to me by a friend, and it is the first book in a long time that has challenged me ...and made me feel smarter; I tend to read book in arenas with which I am already familiar. So this book has been an education for me... in a page-turner plot! I don't think you can ask for much more in a book. Thank you Lucas for writing about this part of the world at this time in its life. Highly recommended. ...more
Wayne Ough
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic read. Lucas Dines will be a name to remember and looking forward to see what is next for the young writer.
I enjoyed this book so much , once I started it was tough to put down.
Well done Mr Dines you captured my emotions and imagination.
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Be Ka
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Writing about a certain moment in the Balkan history about a century ago, would be an easy task for many authors, but it takes a brilliant mind to set up a plot around historical facts that makes so much sense even in 2019. It relates so much to the present that is beyond belief.

The characters, each and everyone, bring to table their life and loss, pain and passion, love and hatred, reasons and meaning of their present self. Caught in the whirlpool of scheming and conspiracy, the skills to survi
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Ryan Bedell
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gripping book that was so hard to put down. Amazing depth of characters woven into history in a way that makes the book enjoyable and informative. I keep recommending it to friends and everyone loves it!
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read- this story unfolds with great attention to detail. As imagery is embedded throughout the book, you feel like you're right there in the thick of things with each character as they undertake various forms of some of the most severe struggle and conflict known to man. An emotional journey for sure- and a story that is hard to put down. This piece of historical fiction is one you won't forget. Highly recommend. ...more
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Lucas currently lives and works as an educator on the island of Jeju in South Korea with his beautiful wife and two amazing sons. He and his wife have lived all over the world, including the Republic of Macedonia, South Korea, China, and Kuwait.

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Lucas first moved overseas after he finished his doctorate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University.

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